Ivanplats Platreef 19MW Solar PV BAR & EMPr

Ivanplats (Pty) Ltd (Ivanplats), a subsidiary of Ivanhoe Mines, is a holder of an existing Mining Right (MR) granted by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in 2014 (DMRE Reference No: LP 30/5/2/2/1/10067 MR). The MR was issued for the development of an underground mine, namely the Platreef Mine, on the farms Macalacaskop 243 KR and Turfspruit 241 KR. The mine has a Life of Mine (LoM) of 30 years.

In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and ensure continued electricity supply for the Platreef operations, Ivanplats proposes to develop a solar photovoltaic (PV) facility, with the associated electrical infrastructure, over three (3) identified areas namely Area 1, Area 2 and Area 3. The proposed solar facility will hereafter be referred to as the ‘solar facility”. The solar facility development will be undertaken in a phased approach, commencing with the initial phase being a 2MW supply from Area 3 and 3MW supply from Area 2. In total these areas may possibly yield 7MW of electricity supply. Ivanplats plans to upgrade the solar facility to supply up to 19MW of electricity in the near future.

OMI Solutions Pty Ltd (OMI) was appointed by Ivanplats to undertake the Environmental Authorisation (EA) application process for the proposed development of the solar facility. In accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations of 2014 (as amended) promulgated under the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA), various activities are triggered under Listing Notice 1 and 3 (published in Government Notices (GN) R983 and GN R985, respectively). As such, a Basic Assessment (BA) process needs to be followed to facilitate the EA application.

This Draft Basic Assessment and Environmental Management Programme Report (BA&EMPr) aims to provide mitigation measures and environmental specifications required for implementation during the Construction, Operational and Decommissioning phases of the proposed project.

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